Career Advising & Professional Development Staff
Executive Director, Career Advising & Professional Development, Career Services
Deborah sets the strategic direction for Career Advising and Professional Development by working with groups, departments, employers, graduate and professional programs, fellowship programs, to provide opportunities centered on career development and success for MIT students, postdoc scholars, and recent alumni. She leads and oversees Career Services, Distinguished Fellowships, Prehealth Advising, and Professional Development. Deborah manages the office’s data on first destinations of MIT graduates as well as other surveys. She holds Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Massachusetts; M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina; B.A. in Sociology from Davidson College. Experience includes over 20 years in higher education, mainly in career services.
Assistant Director, Data Analytics and Evaluation
Sue provides career guidance to all PhD students, as well as any student interested in the Biotechnology/Pharma Industries. She has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco and a Masters in Higher Education from Harvard. She discovered the HDL receptor, has 32 issued US patents, has been the recipient of NIH grants, and has spent time in startups, established companies, and higher education.
IT Project Coordinator
Josh provides technology support to Career Advising & Professional Development projects. He formerly worked at Boston Beer Company.
Nyasha assists with event logistics and marketing. She also manages WGECD, an imaginary office-wide radio station. She is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science.
Associate Director, Career Counseling and Education
Liaison to Course 2
Meredith counsels undergraduates through Phd level students in all areas and is the liaison to the Mechanical Engineering Department. Meredith holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University and a B.A. from Stonehill College. Her experience includes over 10 years in Higher Education, with a primary emphasis on career counseling.
Senior Assistant Director of Graduate Career Programs
Jake is the primary contact for career services with PhD students in all courses, including career guidance for both academic and industry career paths. He also assists employers seeking to hire PhD students and serves student athletes. Jake has a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked in collegiate career services since 2005 in a variety of roles, including career counseling, employer outreach, teaching and leadership.
Senior Assistant Director of Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
Simona provides career and professional development guidance for postdoctoral scholars across all disciplines and career interests (academia, industry and beyond). Simona has a Ph.D. in Genetics from Stanford University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. She has conducted research in the areas of molecular, cell, and developmental biology, and has been involved in a variety of teaching, mentoring, outreach and service activities. In her previous role before joining MIT, she provided career and professional development services to graduate students and postdocs.
Bob worked in Career Services at MIT for nearly 15 years. He returns to MIT seasonally to assist students with career decision making and pursuing academic of industry jobs and careers. He is a Certified Job Search and Career Transition Consultant with experience in career management since 2001. Bob holds a BS in Business and an MBA. Before joining MIT, Bob had a private career consulting practice and worked with clients across multiple industries. He has industry experience in the Publishing, Chemical, and Telecomm industries where he managed local and global finance organizations supporting the Corporate, Tax, R&D and Manufacturing Engineering functions.
Assistant Director of Career Counseling and Training
Liaison to Courses 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 18, Undeclared Sophomores, Returning Students
Libby provides career counseling and guidance for students in the School of Science, students returning to MIT, and undeclared sophomores. Libby has a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University. Her previous experience includes career and mental health counseling in university settings, and public relations for a large book publisher.
Assistant Director, First Year Engagement
Liaison to Courses 15, 16, 17, 21A-M, 24, First-Year Undergraduates & CRE
Erik counsels first year undergraduates, and students in HASS, Sloan, and Aero-Astro. Erik holds a M.S. in Organization Psychology from the University of Hartford and a B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University. His experience includes 8 years in Higher Education, specifically Career Development and Registrar, with additional experience in Advertising and Employee Assistance Programming.
Career Development Specialist
Liaison to Courses 3, 4, 10, 11 & 20 & MAS
Tavi provides career guidance to students studying Architecture, Urban Studies & Planning, Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering and Materials Science and those within the Media Arts and Science (MAS) Program. She also assists first year undergraduates and collaborates with the Office of Minority Education (OME) to offer career programs. Tavi earned a Master of Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Social Work from New York University. Tavi helps individuals explore how their skills, interests and values can translate to fulfilling careers.
Career Development Specialist
Liaison to Courses 6, 22, Graduate School Advising, Pre-Law Advising
Tianna provides career counseling for students and coordinates workshops and career development programming for Career Services. Tianna has a Master of Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Hispanic Studies from Boston College. Previous experience includes work with mentoring and community-based organizations.
Associate Director, Employer Relations & Career Programs
Tamara leads Employer Relations and Career Programs which includes supporting first year undergraduate students, employer engagement and providing support to MIT student organizations seeking to engage with employers for events, programs and career fairs. She advises students at all levels but has a particular focus on assisting first year students and sophomores. Tamara has a M.S. in Counseling with a concentration in Student Development in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University, and a B.S. in Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. Tamara has experience in career counseling, employer relations, preprofessional advising, first year advising and residential
Assistant Director, Employer Relations
Liaison to Course 1
Francis manages employer relations programs and staff in order to enhance employer engagement and foster opportunities for students to engage with employers and advance their career and professional development. He has a M.S. in Student Affairs Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in marketing from Binghamton University and a B.A. in Management from Hartwick College. Previous experiences include 12 years in Higher Education focusing on career services, marketing and communications. Francis also has 10 years of professional experience as a sales and marketing specialist in the high-tech manufacturing industry and a market research specialist in the utility and shopping mall management industries.
Employer Relations Coordinator
Brian supports on-campus recruiting, employer relations programs, and consults with employers to develop effective and efficient recruiting strategies. He assists many projects of the Employer Relations team as well as provides Handshake system administration. Brian received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Culture from Clark University where he also advised students, managed employer relationships, and organized on-campus recruiting as the Associate Director of Career Development.
Recruiting and Marketing Assistant
Jordan coordinates on-campus recruiting, consults with employers’ contacts to develop strategies for effective recruiting, provides marketing and graphic design solutions to staff and employers, and advises students, staff and employers on MIT's career management system. Experience includes over 15 years in higher education, mainly in employer relations and recruiting.
Assistant Director for Career Exploration Events & Fairs
David partners with student organizations and students interested in creating recruiting events, programs, and career fairs to connect with employers and organizations, providing guidance, information, and resources. He has over 10 years of experience coordinating and implementing career events and fairs, and has previously worked for Simmons University, Liberty Mutual, and Medtronic. He also has extensive experience in survey design and implementation, purchasing and expense management, and student employee supervision. He holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University.
Associate Director, Prehealth Advising
Aleshia leads the Prehealth team. She holds a M.A. in School Counseling from Assumption College and a B.A. in Biology from Colby-Sawyer College. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Health Professions at Simmons College. Aleshia has worked in student advising at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Assistant Director, Prehealth Advising
Akunna assists in leading the Prehealth Advising team, with a primary focus on managing the Prehealth Advising services to MIT students and alumni. He holds a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from UMass Boston and a B.A. in English from Clark University. Akunna’s experience includes higher education advising and career counseling, along with prior experience advising high school students and teaching.
Staff Writer and Advisor
Julia works closely with Prehealth Advising and with the Distinguished Fellowship team at UAAP on writing, editing, and reviewing material for the fellowships and health professional schools application processes. She also oversees the Fulbright Scholarship Program. Julia has an MS in Health Policy & Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA in Sociology from Harvard University. She is an active member of the MIT radio station WMBR 88.1fm, where she founded the Africa Kabisa radio program and serves as World Music Director.
Program Assistant, Prehealth Advising
Amanda supports the medical school application process of MIT students and alumni. She holds an M.A. in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College and a B.A. in Sociology and German from the University of Connecticut. Amanda co-organizes a Cambridge community forum about interrogating gender norms and also works for a gender equity magazine. Previous experience includes working for a food justice non-profit in California and teaching English in South Korea.
Assistant Dean, Distinguished Fellowships
Kim oversees the Institute’s efforts for distinguished fellowships, including but not limited to the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, Gates Cambridge, Fulbright, Knight Hennessy, Schwarzman, and Truman. She also serves as the Secretary for Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a BA in writing at Loyola University—New Orleans, a MA in medieval studies at Fordham University, and undertook doctoral studies (ABD) in medieval travel literature. In 2014, she was selected for a Fulbright IEA to Japan, and that same year completed MIT’s Leader to Leader Program.